Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist England 2024

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Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist England 2024

London April 2024: Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist England took place at the iconic Ascot Racecourse, on none other than St. George's Day, April 23rd, 2024, celebrating the rich heritage and culture of Britain. Four Chefs, four Waiters, and four Mixologists from across England all came together to compete for the 2024 YYY England champion title.

This year, judges and finalists met on 22nd April for a “Educational Day” at the Ascot Racecourse, aligning with YYY’s core values. Rooted in inspiring and retaining talent in the hospitality industry, the day's agenda was imbued with a commitment to sustainability and the promotion of local English produce. Here, the finalists were grouped into their trios for the competition day, briefed on their tasks, and treated to a masterclass from Adam Handling MBE, Laura and Ryon Head from Champagne PIAFF, and Paul Robinson CCO of NEFT Vodka along with William Campbell-Rowntree, Head Bartender for Raffles Hotel, in the Parade Ring Restaurant at Ascot Racecourse. Later in the evening, everyone gathered at the elegant Coworth Park’s Oval Room Restaurant for a delightful welcome dinner.

The main event took place on April 23rd at the Ascot Racecourse’s On 5 restaurant, where finalists showcased their skills and talents. During the England finals, a panel of esteemed Judges selected one chef, one waiter, and one mixologist, crowning them as the YYY England Champions 2024 during the Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, was graced by the presence of Louise O’Flynn and Kate Taylor Tett from the GREAT Campaign, as well as Jackie Marlow from UKHospitality. We also express our deepest appreciation to Ascot, NEFT, and Sodexo Live! for their invaluable support, which has added a touch of glamour and sophistication to the YYY England Finals.

The winners from YYY England will head to Singapore from November 15th to 17th for the World Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist World Finals, where they will proudly represent England. They will compete against regional winners from 11 other countries. World Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist will be announcing exciting news at the end of the year. We have witnessed numerous milestones, and by the year's end, we will unveil thrilling new prospects.
The Chef Judges are:

• Head Chef Judge, Adam Handling MBE, Chef Owner of Adam Handling Restaurant Group
• Mario Perera, Executive Chef at The Dorchester
• Michael Kwan, Executive Pastry Chef at The Dorchester

The Waiter Judges are:

• Head Waiter Judge - Simon King, Operations Director of The Wolseley Hospitality Group
• Johanna Wimmer, L&D Consultant
• George Hersey, Restaurant Director at Adam Handling Restaurant Group
• Jonathan Parker, Managing Director of 1711 by Ascot.
• Rob Edwards, YYY CFO and Co-founder of wine&earth
The Mixologist Judges are:
• Eleonora Biason, Deputy Restaurant Manager at AVC Kitchens at The Emory
• William Campbell-Rowntree, Head Bartender for Raffles Hotel
• Paul Robinson, CCO NEFT Vodka
• Laura Head, Business Development Director at Champagne PIAFF

The Young Chef finalists are:
• Sebastian Brooks, The Dorchester
• Megan Drayson, Bowley’s at the plough
• Joel Light, Frog by Adam Handling
• Rojay Sargeant, The Cove Club

The Young Waiter Finalists are:
• Joel Knotman, Woven by Adam Smith
• James Bott, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling
• Lisa Dransfield – The Samling Hotel
• Nicoleta Munteanu, Frog by Adam Handling

The Young Mixologist Finalists are:
• Alicia Burd, Soho Farmhouse
• Jonathan Steers, Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
• Drew Fleming, Kiki Lounge
• Khris McLaren, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling
Young Chef Young Waiter was established in 1979 and historically operated in England for 42 years. Over the past years, the competition has expanded around the world and is now in its 45th year. Young Mixologist England, organised by YYY and elevated by NEFT Vodka, returns for its second year, further enriching the competition landscape and providing young mixologists with a platform to showcase their craft alongside chefs and waiters. WorldYYY proudly supports the three aspects of the restaurant industry. This aims to acknowledge outstanding talent and excellence, not only in the kitchen and front-of-house service but also behind the bar.

Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist England was proudly supported by NEFT Vodka, Great Campaign, Champagne PIAFF, Culinary Institute of America, Ascot, The Caterer, Wine&Earth, Really Social, Coworth park, Sodexo Live!, Thermomix and Travis Mathew.


Robert Walton MBE, YYY Chairman said: “Many thanks to Ascot Racecourse for hosting the 2024 YYY England Competition. It was great to see all the finalists come together this year and compete for the championship title. I would also like to express my gratitude for all our judges and sponsors, who have been committed to supporting this competition. I am extremely grateful to witness the development of our competition, nurturing, and showcasing the passion, skills, and dedication of the next generation of hospitality professionals.”

Paul Robinson, Chief Creative Officer NEFT Vodka: “I’m constantly inspired by the dedication and creativity that the Young Mixologists are bringing to the table in this competition. If the 2024 kick off, YYY England, is any indication of the way the year will go, then we are in for some spectacular events.

YYY England was such an impressive display of teamwork and talent. Watching this competition grow and progress at the speed in which it is, makes me very proud to be a part of it.”

Adam Handling MBE of Adam Handling Restaurant Group said: “YYY is such an important competition. This competition encourages the next generation of enthusiastic young talent in hospitality roles and pushes them to be the best that they can be. The restaurant world is changing and YYY is here to help them evolve and adapt, nurturing the exciting and fresh talent they already bring.”

Roy Ner, Executive Chef at Jeru said: "The Young Chef Young Waiter competition is incredibly important to me, as I spent most of my life growing up and being immersed in the hospitality industry and our global family. It’s an honour to serve as a judge for this world-class competition and watch the new generation of talent really push the boundaries and showcase their skills. It makes me very proud to be a part of it and I wish each and every contestant the best of luck.

Ben Dutson, Food Innovation Director at Sodexo Live! UK and Ireland said: “I was delighted to join the chef judging panel and it was great to see the talent that came through the competition this year.
Innovation is at our core at Sodexo Live! so it was incredible to see the ideas and creations that came out of the competition.
All the competitors had an action-packed few day, and to be in the world-famous setting of Ascot Racecourse will be a real highlight for them all at such an early stage of their careers.”

Simon King, Operations director The Wolseley Group said: ‘The 2024 YYY England final was another great competition where the standards across the board were very high, we definitely felt the presence of the television camera added a little more pressure on the competitors. It was great to see them rise to the challenge and work as a team to overcome any speedbumps just as they would in their workplace. This competition is so important to the hospitality industry, it’s essential to educate, motivate, mentor and showcase the next generation of talent. I know as a previous winner of this competition how much of a positive impact he had on my career and now to be able to give back means a great deal to me.’

William Campbell-Rowntree, Head Bartender for Raffles Hotel said: “Overall, the completion and experience was incredible. The competition recreated the tough reality and conditions of working in restaurant, bar or even event. I think the standard was very good and all the competitors did fantastic and was great to see such young talent coming through.”

Johanna Wimmer, L&D Consultant said: “This competition is close to my heart as it helps to nurture and develop future generations of our amazing industry and from a personal note having won it a few (quite a few) years ago, I know how it can inspire a career.
It gives the candidates the opportunity to showcase their passion, skills and knowledge; it also creates an environment to learn and network with their peers.
This year, the competitors demonstrated an exceptionally high standard, providing inspiration as they competed and supported each other. Beyond their individual categories, waiters, chefs, and mixologists worked closely as a cohesive team to create flawless dining experiences. Effective communication and teamwork emerged as a key component of this year's competition. I can’t wait to see how the champions, representing England, will do in the World finals.”

About YYY
Since its establishment in 1979, the Young Chef Young Waiter competition has continued to promote hospitality as a career of choice, a profession, and a vocation. Today, with its new revitalised format Young Chef Young Waiter continues to honour the next culinary and service stars globally. World Young Chef Young Waiter, in partnership with Great Campaign UK and Northern Ireland and the Culinary Institute of America, mission to discover the best young talents in the industry. The competition is open to Young Chefs and waiters under the age of 28 from diverse backgrounds and YYY ensures these young talents are equipped with relevant skills, current knowledge, and a network to help them succeed in the world of hospitality.

In 2022, the competition marked a significant milestone by expanding its reach to a global audience, with participants from seven countries striving for the title of World Young Chef Young Waiter Champion. Building on this success, the competition returned in 2023, reaffirming its commitment to supporting the global hospitality industry and providing an expansive stage for the cultivation of creativity, education, and innovation that knows no geographical bounds, the event promises to surpass all previous iterations in size, quality, and sustainability.

Notes to editors:

The World Young Chef Young Waiter competition, established in 1979 in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association. The competition promotes hospitality as a career of choice, a profession, and an avocation. The competition is open to all young chefs and waiters from any background under the age of 28.

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Editors' Note:
The GREAT Britain & Northern Ireland campaign is a programme to drive economic growth across the nation by encouraging an international audience to visit, study and do business with the UK. It was set up in 2011 and promotes the best of the UK in 164 countries around the world, consistently generating a strong return on investment averaging 15.1. @greatbritain (Twitter) @greatcampaign (Instagram)

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